McCamley says region needs a mega-dam for region's growth

SIR Graham McCamley is sure there will not be the same opposition to the proposed Fitzroy Gap Dam as there was to the failed Traveston Crossing Dam.

The Central Queensland cattleman said most of the land that would have to be resumed for the mega-dam on the Fitzroy River was cattle country which, in today's market, had no significant value.

Sir Graham has thrown his support behind the dam proposal being driven by Rockhampton businessman Dominic Doblo.

The proposed dam, north-west of Rockhampton, would have a capacity of 10,000 gigalitres, run for 100km along the Fitzroy and cover about 1000sq km.

Sir Graham said he did not think there would be any resistance from landowners.

"You can't sell a cattle property now; you can't give it away.

"The Mary River (dam) was stopped and that was understandable because people had very valuable land that was going to be inundated.

"Here you've got a lot of cattle country. The banks now only lend you money on the number of cattle you've got; they'll give you $1million per 1000 head of cattle and they don't value the land at all right now."

Sir Graham said he had no personal interest in the development of the Fitzroy Gap Dam. He was supporting it because he considered it critical for the growth of Rockhampton, the Capricorn Coast and Gladstone.

It would also take pressure off the Fairbairn Dam, which he said was really only capable of servicing the Emerald area.

Sir Graham said it was essential that Central Queensland had water security.

"We need a decent dam instead of the silly little dams they have been doing. They sound cheap at the time but they run dry quickly too.

"They've got a huge program on now to develop the north of Australia. I am saying that it should start here."



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